ro·​tis·​ser·​ie | \ rō-ˈtis-rē How to pronounce rotisserie (audio) , -ˈti-sə- \

Definition of rotisserie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a restaurant specializing in broiled and barbecued meats
2 : an appliance fitted with a spit on which food is rotated before or over a source of heat


adjective, often capitalized

Definition of rotisserie (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being a sports league consisting of imaginary teams whose performance is based on the statistics of actual players a rotisserie baseball league

Examples of rotisserie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Easy to use with one-touch operation, make fries, fish, rotisserie chicken and much more. Jean Chen Smith, The Enquirer, 7 Jan. 2022 But the chicken shawarma (sandwich or, at dinner, as an entree), thigh meat cut from a rotisserie, is another great choice, as is falafel. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Nov. 2021 For Black Friday 2021, Green Mountain Grills is offering discounted Peak and Ledge units, with 2 bags of free pellets, a free rotisserie, and a free grill cover (while supplies last). The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Nov. 2021 But the planet now spins on a rotisserie, roasted and toasted in ways that are transforming landscapes and forcing us to adapt. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 Flying Fox’s many extras include a 40-foot transverse main deck pool and a bridge deck open-air cooking station, with a rotisserie, teppanyaki grill and pizza oven. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 13 Aug. 2021 Fall-off-the-bone Peruvian rotisserie chicken is coming to southern Indiana. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 21 Sep. 2021 That rotisserie chicken, for instance, has been brined in soy and garlic, grilled over wood and charcoal and brushed with doenjang and olive oil. WSJ, 15 July 2021 The grocery store had replaced a single rotisserie with a combination oven. Jeff Mcmahon, Forbes, 4 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Roast chicken: For an extra kick of protein, pick up a rotisserie chicken while shopping for the rest of your wedge ingredients. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Jan. 2022 That helped make Chalet Bar-B-Q—the Montreal restaurant focused on rotisserie chicken that Swiss visionary Marcel Mauron conceived in 1944—an instant success. David Shribman, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2022 The Uber Eats driver had just picked up a rotisserie chicken meal to deliver. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2021 Crispy Peking duck, glazed Chinese spare ribs and tender chickens turning on rotisserie spits will be the first eye-popping spectacle to greet diners entering the new Pagoda Kitchen in Delray Beach. Phillip Valys,, 21 July 2021 In the One Stop Plaza on the New London Turnpike in Glastonbury, there is a pizza place, a deli, a Korean café and a rotisserie chicken joint. Susan Dunne,, 7 Jan. 2022 Most recipients still can’t spend their benefits on rotisserie chicken or hot soup, even in grocery stores – a change that would require congressional action, according to a USDA spokesperson. Caitlin Dewey, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2022 The rotisserie sajji chicken requires a 16-hour salt brine, followed by a 24-hour marinade, and results in a smoky bird that practically redefines the concept of savory. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2022 Start by removing the meat from a rotisserie chicken before using the remaining bones and carcass to make a rich and flavorful broth. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 28 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of rotisserie


1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rotisserie


French rôtisserie, from Middle French rostisserie, from rostir to roast — more at roast


from La Rotisserie Française, restaurant in New York City where a group of fans began the organization of a fantasy baseball league in 1979

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20 Jan 2022

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“Rotisserie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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: a piece of equipment that turns meat over a source of heat so that it cooks on all sides

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